Commissioners to negotiate solid waste deal with Waste Industries

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Submitted: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 2:34am
Updated: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 6:39pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After years of debate the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has decided to take out the trash, and send it to Sampson County.

Monday night commissioners voted to enter into a contract with Waste Industries hoping to bring an end to the county’s solid waste issues.

“We have a duty to preserve the life of that landfill because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever,” said Chairman Woody White. “What we are heading towards doing now is going to do that, lower TIF fees, and it’s going to keep more local collars in our county. We’re glad we’re finally moving in the right direction.”

After deciding to toss out a plan to refurbish the old WASTEC facility earlier this year New Hanover County Commissioners decided to ship our solid waste problem elsewhere when they agreed to negotiate with Waste Industries.

“They stepped up to the plate and have reached out to the county commissioners for years now and have provided proposals and offered their services,” said Commissioner Beth Dawson. “They do business with surrounding counties and have a very good reputation.”

But just like the trash it is designed to haul away one commissioner says the whole deal stinks.

“You know that I’ve been a big proponent of refurbishing WASTEC and handling our solid waste here in county,” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield. “At the end of the day I think that we’re going to be caught in a long term contract with another outside entity that may in the end cost our citizens a lot more money.”

“We are looking for efficient ways to provide a service that is efficient and effective and quite frankly real common sense right here for our citizens today and for generations in the future,” said Dawson.

There was some discussion about completely dismantling the old WASTEC incinerator, but commissioners tabled that until further talks with Waste Industries take place.


  • Greenie says:

    I wonder what the impact of mandatory recycling would have on the amount of trash to be disposed of. Seems like a bad idea to be transporting the trash out of the county with fluctuating gas prices.

    If only we could get Titan to burn our trash instead of coal…

  • beach guy says:

    The information from waste industries is a business transaction a contract that will say we will haul your trash for x number of dollars as far as taxes going up there is no way that the county can operate anything for less than private industry. And I hate to be blunt but the reason is that the county has to pay for county workers retirement through the state and contributions from workers payroll.
    Waste industries however can use any means they seem viable to encourage employee saving and investment and if you study the results you will find that retirees from a non governmental stand point have more retirement income. That is why they can haul the same trash in the same trucks to their landfill for less than the county charges them for tipping fees. because they are in business to make a profit and the county is not
    As far as your job goes I am sorry for your misfortune but they have been discussing this scenario for years have you asked your supervisors about how the county is going to handle this situation? Are they going to spread these workers out into the rest of the county workforce? or you could even speak with waste industries about hiring you? I am sure if you have had good evaluations and have a good work history and pass background checks they will be looking for someone to fill the gap in their labor pool that this added transportation will create.

  • Guest7 says:

    As a county worker at the landfill the information at waste ind. Has put out is very misleading and the county comm. Bought into it if they go forward with this the affect that tax payers will see will be higher property taxes and higher trash fees.Not to mention what happens to our jobs ?

  • Guest 10101 says:

    The word “leader” is becoming an oxymoron around here.

  • beach guy says:

    The commissioners should pay back the citizens of this county for all the money they wasted on studies and and jury rigging wastec so it would work for a couple of years and be fired for incompetence. Waste Industries put this offer on the table years ago and you stupid idiots delayed it until all of your half baked ideas were disproved by actual people that knew what they were talking about.
    the only reason you tried to hang onto the old landfill was tipping fees which are outrageous Waste industries told you at least three years ago that they could haul our trash to Sampson county cheaper than they could haul it to your landfill but no you jerks have to waste hundreds of thousands of dollar because you think your smarter than the people that have been doing this for thirty years your arrogance and political posturing has cost the citizens of this county money at every turn. you should be ashamed and embarrassed by this but then again that would require a conscience.

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